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Endangered Ecosystem


Wildebeest populations are in drastic decline. This not only threatens an entire ecosystem (the Mara-Serengeti) but also one of the most incredible natural phenomenons that still exist in our planet, the Great Migration.

Great Hornbill

Are we doing enough to protect the magnificent hornbills?


Although the snake does not fly, it has caught the hornbill, whose home is in the sky. Akan Proverb Apparently not enough, especially in some African countries like Ghana and Cameroon where uncontrolled hunting and habitat degradation is decimating the hornbill population. If you don’t know what hornbills are, I encourage you to read my…

Can we stop the relentless spread of Bd, the infamous frog-killing-fungus?


Early this month an article in National Geographic prompted me to re-publish one of my first posts about the amphibian extinction crisis.  The article titled Ground Zero of ‘Amphibian’ Apocalypse Finally Found summarizes a research article published in Science in early May.  The research article Recent Asian Origin of chytrid fungi causing global amphibian declines,…

Part II: Nuts About Hornbills: What’s So Special About Them?


“No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings.” -William Blake There are many fascinating things about these amazingly weird looking birds; a couple of them are pretty obvious their colorful and in some species huge casques and large bills. The other one, which is not so obvious, but very interesting, is…

The Mighty Elephant, the Real King of the Savanna


“The premature elimination of elephants over much of their range represents one of the most wasteful mammalian tragedies of the century” -Iain Douglas-Hamilton, 1987 I’m closing these series of posts exactly one year after my unforgettable trip to the Masai Mara,  and for the end I left the best, my absolute favorite animal, the sweet…

From Dik-Dik to Eland, there is an Antelope for Everything


“One of the most impressive aspects of the African wildlife experience is the presence of up to a dozen different antelopes in the same area. Yet it was by taking measures to minimize competition by becoming different species that such a diverse array of antelopes came to exist in the first place.” -Robert D. Estes,…

And The Winner is The Secretarybird…


“It is not only fine feathers that make fine birds.” Aesop, (620 BC – 560 BC) from The Jay and the Peacock Yes, I’m still talking about beautiful animals. How can’t I, after being in such an amazing place where nature is at its best? A sight to be seen, this peculiar and gorgeous bird…

And The Most Photogenic Animal in the African Savanna is?


The zebra… “There is a place where the grass meets the sky, and that is the end” -Maasai saying Now you probably wonder, why? or how did you arrive to this conclusion? Well, first as I always say when I begin a post about something that not everybody will agree with, this is my own…

The Greatest Spectacle on Earth…


“I believe in God, only I spell it Nature…” By Frank Lloyd Wright Yes, indeed…Every year millions of us along with hundreds of thousands of zebras and gazelles are responsible for the most spectacular mass movement of terrestrial mammals anywhere in the world. Thousands of people around the world come to the Masai Mara between…